America's teenagers are setting themselves up for a high risk of heart disease in the future because of their lifestyle, according to a new University of Oklahoma study.
The survey of 4,673 kids between the ages of 12 and 19 found that teens are consuming processed food and snacks, along with sugary drinks.
Meanwhile, they're not eating enough fruits and vegetables and they're not getting enough exercise.
Family therapist Dr. Linda Mintle talks about some practical ways parents can help their kids make healthy choices, on CBN Newswatch, April 2.
Health experts warn that once heart problems develop in childhood, they're likely to remain with a person as they get older.
"Broad social and cultural changes that infiltrate the entire population will be necessary to evoke changes in youth behaviors that will favorably influence cardiovascular health," American Heart Association warned.
The study is published in the AHA journal Circulation.